We chose to raise the girls in the beginning because we truly believed that we were going to get the backing we needed to change the ordinance in Iowa City quickly and we'd be able to keep them legally. So many things seemed to go wrong and what we hoped would be a quick process turned into a long, drawn out and disappointing experience with local government. I'm still a little scarred from the whole thing. Regardless, we love having our own hens and our neighbors loved them as well. This is where they lived until we enclosed the under side of our deck with lattice to create a larger run and safe place for them.
I find it particularly hard to buy eggs at the grocery store now. I miss my chickens. I miss their eggs. I won't lie, though. They can be a lot of work but I think with a well designed coop and care plan caring for 2 or 3 chickens is really no more challenging than a couple of indoor cats. Really.